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4:00 PM on 09.18.2014

Madan no Ou to Vanadis has a new trailer

This year's hardest to remember anime title award has already been won. Madan no Ou to Vanadis hits the airwaves in October, but you can start practicing your pronunciation now. The cutesy, harem-y, ecchi looking anime has a...

Hiroko Yamamura


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Terra Battle In-Game Giveaway

Celebrate the launch of the Terra Battle Download Starter campaign by following them on Twitter to receive 5 Energy to get a jumpstart once the game launches. Developed by the legendary Final Fantasy creator, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Terra Battle launches in October..






Promoted Community Blog: Break it Down: School Days photo
Promoted Community Blog: Break it Down: School Days
by MrRasczak

[Awesome user MrRasczack has a great breakdown of School Days, everybody's favorite "Nice Boat" anime. Want your deep thoughts to get on the front page? Write a cool community blog! -Josh]

When the anime adaptation of School Days, a dating sim developed by interactive fiction maker Overflow, first aired, it quickly gained notoriety for its slowly rising darkness, with an ending so shocking that it is still brought up when discussing particularly violent scenes in anime. The juxtaposition of tone and action, of wanton cruelty and emotional abuse against the seemingly lighthearted face of a common, uninspiring romance series makes School Days just as relevant now as when it first aired.

Unlike so many anime before and after it, School Days was unafraid to look at the terrible and foolish depths that teenagers could sink to when pushed hard enough, and remains one of the most subtle and powerful commentaries on dating sims as a whole and the mentality of those who play them. It is an exercise in tragedy laid out in anime tropes.

(Note: massive spoilers for School Days follow. If you wish to view the series before reading, Crunchyroll has your back.)

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12:00 PM on 09.15.2014

Aniplex finally brings Gurren Lagann to Blu-Ray in the United States

If you ended up buying the imported version of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann last year, I'm sorry. It looks like Aniplex USA has heard our wishes, and is finally bringing the beloved anime series Stateside, with a muli-part rele...

Hiroko Yamamura

8:00 AM on 09.15.2014

Captain Levi's past is revealed in upcoming OVA trailer

Attack on Titan's top badass is the star of an upcoming OVA, which promises to reveal the cold eyed spinning slashed. Attack on Titan: No Regrets - Birth of Levi, takes us to the time before Levi joins up with the Survey Cor...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 09.12.2014

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods has 20 extra minutes and a new trailer

Our friends over at FUNimation have shared the newest trailer for the DVD/Blu-Ray release of one of last year's surprise pleasures, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. I went into seeing this movie with very low expectations, and...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 09.11.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Time now for your blast from the past! It's Old School Thursdays! Today's dose contains some real history for your ears, as we've got the original theme from Space Battleship Yamato, the anime that started it all. Well, almo...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 PM on 09.10.2014

MAPPA's Garo anime summons a second trailer

As we're getting close to September's halfway point, the folks at MAPPA have used their Makai Swords to call upon a second trailer for Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames. This time around, we get to see the Golden Knight's anim...

Salvador GRodiles

4:00 PM on 09.10.2014

Terra Formars trailer crawls out of the shadows

As we eagerly await Josh's fantastic Fall Anime Preview Guide, trailers for this season's biggest and brightest are starting to trickle in. I'm actually just finishing up reading the Yu Sasuga manga, Terra Formars for review...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 09.10.2014

The Guardians of the Galaxy are set to make their anime appearance

I'm quite sure there's no way that you haven't seen this year's best movie, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy yet. However, if for some reason you've been on a 2D diet, drop what you're doing and take in one of the most enjoy...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 09.09.2014

A Hollywood remake of Space Battleship Yamato is prepping for launch

Fans of classic Japanese space opera have a reason to celebrate of be concerned, depending on your predisposition. US based Skydance Productions has acquired the rights to produce the remake of the seminal Leiji Matsumoto 197...

Hiroko Yamamura



Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 21-22 photo
Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 21-22
by Josh Tolentino

If the last couple of episodes seemed tailored towards characters who still hadn't forgiven Kakyoin for his actions way back in episode 2, this latest two-parter feels addressed to make Polnareff pay for his comparatively greater sins.

After all, dude got Avdol, one of anime's best black men, killed. He needs to suffer.

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 9 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 9
by Salvador GRodiles

As Sword Art Online II begins to imply that the Phantom Bullet Arc is coming to a close, things are starting to get intense around these parts. In the midst of this event, A-1 has fully recovered from their injuries, so that they can get ready to load up the big cannons. Since there are many important at play during these major moments, let's hope that the team hits their main target.

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8:00 AM on 09.04.2014

Rejoice! Viz is holding a Sailor Moon streaming event

If you missed out on watching Sailor Moon's English episodes at Anime Expo and Otakon 2014, then you'll be happy to hear that Viz's having a Sailor Moon Moonlight Party where they're streaming the show's first four ...

Salvador GRodiles



Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 8 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 8
by Salvador GRodiles

It seems that A-1 might be in the clear right now. And to think that the BoB tournament was the key to helping Sword Art Online II move in the right direction. However, my main concern right now is that the Phantom Bullet Arc won't take up an entire season. Based on the direction the show is taking, this event might be the one to determine the storyline's actual length.

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Happy Birthday, Makoto Kikuchi! photo
Happy Birthday, Makoto Kikuchi!
by Jeff Chuang

Makoto Kikuchi, from The Idolm@ster series, celebrates her birthday on August 29th. It'll be her ninth annual celebration this year as the maturing arcade-turned-multimedia franchise kicked off its 9th year via a full length feature film. The Idolm@ster movie hits home video in Japan in October. On top, there's the Puchim@s shorts and a new flagship game out this past May, The Idolm@ster: One For All.

With the series seeing a resurgence, both old and new fans came together to celebrate with well wishes and fan works. Take a look.

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Review: Persona 3 The Movie: #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream photo
Review: Persona 3 The Movie: #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream
by Elliot Gay

Despite its pacing problems and general lack of an overarching story, I enjoyed Persona 3 The Movie: #1 Spring of Birth. As far as animated film adaptations of long games go, I think it did a novel job of compressing hours of gameplay and story into about 90 minutes. The first film had the unlucky task of handling the least interesting part of Persona 3's tale, the intro hours, but director Noriaki Akitaya and the production team managed to shift the focus enough that it totally worked. Fortunately for new director Tomohisa Taguchi and for us viewers, the next chunk of Persona 3 is far more intriguing.

Picking up after the end of Spring of Birth, Midsummer Knight's Dream begins with the crew taking down yet another large Shadow, only now with the help of Mitsuru and her powerful ice Persona. With all the hard work they've put into their after school monster hunting activities, it's about time for some R&R. Summer vacation is in full swing, which means its time for an all expenses paid island trip Yuki, Junpei, and Aikhiko go on an adventure to pick up girls, things go poorly, and the three young men are left to soak in their own self-pity. This doesn't last too long, as Yuki notices a beautiful blonde-haired girl staring off into the ocean, dress flowing in the wind. Who is she, and where did she come from...?

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